Chicago Public Schools

Over A Dozen Chicago Children Were Hospitalized After Possibly Eating ‘Laced’ Candy At School

Much has been made about teens potentially poisoning themselves by eating Tide Pods, which is a serious matter, along with what has reportedly happened in Chicago. Fourteen students at an elementary school on the city’s West Side were taken to nearby hospitals on Wednesday after consuming “candy …

Education

14 students hospitalized after possibly eating laced candy in Humboldt Park

Fourteen students at a Humboldt Park neighborhood elementary school were hospitalized Wednesday morning after possibly eating laced candy.<p>The …

Chicago

Jonathan Toews launches agricultural program with Chicago Public Schools

Jonathan Toews is a captain on and off the ice.<p>Toews recently launched the Jonathan Toews Foundation and announced that his first partnership is with …

Chicago Blackhawks

What’s Open, Closed On MLK Day Around Chicago

<b>CHICAGO (CBS)</b> — Mail will be put on hold and libraries and federal buildings will be closed Monday in observation of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.<p>The …

Libraries

CPS Adding 65 New Special Education Positions Amid Calls for Reform

CPS Adding 65 New Special Education Positions Amid Calls for ReformFriday, January 12, 2018 - 15:16

Education

Wisconsin ads need a touch of creepiness to appeal to Illinois millennials

After watching those ridiculous ads from Wisconsin hoping to lure Illinois millennials to leave home and live, work, play and pay taxes among the Cheeseheads, one thing is perfectly clear.<p>Those “Wisconsin: It’s more you” ads really suck.<p>“It’s as if some old guy non-millennial in Wisconsin thought, …

Chicago

Student test-score growth in Seattle Public Schools ranks high nationally, study says

A new study of test scores found that, between the third and eighth grades, Seattle students make nearly six years of academic growth. In …

CPS parents get into heated debate over plan to close 4 Englewood schools

Some Chicago Public Schools parents did not hold back their feelings about the closing of four high schools in the city's South Side Englewood …

Education

Appointment of Chicago school board member to top CPS post conflicts with law

Acting Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson appointed a Chicago Board of Education member to a top district job Wednesday, a move that conflicts with a state law that prohibits board members from taking CPS posts for one year after leaving their board seat.<p>School board member Arnaldo Rivera, …

Chicago

District’s ‘Turnaround’ Operator Highlighted as Model for Success

District’s ‘Turnaround’ Operator Highlighted as Model for SuccessMonday, January 8, 2018 - 17:28

Nonprofits

Chicago Public Schools Employees Stole THOUSANDS From Fund Dedicated To Helping Needy Students

According to an inspector general's report released last week, Chicago Public Schools employees stole thousands of dollars in gift cards meant to go …

Conservative View

Gubernatorial Candidate Accuses Rahm Emanuel of ‘Strategic Gentrification Plan’ Aimed at Pushing Blacks Out of Chicago

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading a “strategic gentrification plan” aimed at forcing Blacks and other racial minorities out of Chicago in an …

Rahm Emanuel

The gourmet lunch bunch and other school rip-off stories

One of the big lies about Chicago is that far too many students in Chicago Public Schools are unprepared for life — and college — when they graduate.<p>But now it’s clear that anyone who believed all that statistics-based crapola was just plain wrong, wrong, wrong all along.<p>OK, it might still be true …

Education

'Tough decisions' needed to confront issues facing CPS, incoming CEO says

Incoming Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson hasn’t yet finished moving into her corner office, but she is beginning to lay out her agenda to confront ongoing challenges that include declining enrollment, troubled finances and a state inquiry into the district’s special education …

Education

CPS employees stole gift cards meant for students, watchdog says

Chicago Public Schools employees “stole or misappropriated” thousands of dollars worth of school-purchased gift cards that were intended to be used as incentives for students and families, according to an annual report from the district’s inspector general.<p>In one case, a principal of a school for …

Corruption

Chance The Rapper Named 2017's Most Charitable Celebrity

2017 has come and gone, but we're not done celebrating black excellence of the past year!<p>This time, we're taking a look at charity! DoSomething.org …

Yara Shahidi

Janice Jackson Shares Her Vision for Chicago Public Schools

Chicago Public Schools students return to the classroom next week, but the district’s new chief executive officer is already at her desk, planning …

Beyonce, Rihanna & More Stars Named Most Charitable Celebrities Of 2017 — Full List

DoSomething.org just announced their Celebs Gone Good 2017 list and it’s packed with your favorite do-gooders. Beyonce, Rihanna, Colin Kaepernick, …

Beyoncé

Year In Review: 6 Ways 2017 Belonged To Chance The Rapper

From his Grammy wins to helping out Chicago Public Schools, the South Sider shook things up this year as an artist and an activist.<p>CHICAGO, IL — One …

Chicago

The most charitable celebrities of 2017 include Rihanna, Ariana Grande and Beyoncé

A US charitable organisation called Do Something, has compiled its annual 'Celebs Gone Good' list, which highlights the work of the most charitable stars.<p>This year's list includes the likes of Rihanna, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Beyoncé - but in the top spot for 2017 is Chance the Rapper, after he …

Rihanna

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Nicki Minaj Among Most Charitable Celebs of 2017

Chance the Rapper, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Nicki Minaj were among this year's most charitable celebrities. <i>DoSomething.org</i> dropped …

Pop Culture

Chance The Rapper Tops DoSomething.org's Celebs Gone Good List

'tis the season to be charitable, and DoSomething.org recently revealed its annual Celebs Gone Good list, which recognizes big names who use their …

Lin-Manuel Miranda

New Illinois Laws 2018: Schools and Education

Review the new laws that will take effect on Jan. 1, 2018.<p>High schools are now allowed to establish partnerships with local law enforcement to create …

Education

Countdown: Top newsmakers of 2017

Chicago had no shortage of newsmakers who put the city in national headlines. We count down the biggest names in Chicago-related news this year.<p>10. Sue the T. rex<p>Sue, the Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, will begin the process of moving out of the Field Museum’s central hall and into a new, specially …

Chicago

Chance the Rapper, Ariana Grande among DoSomething's most charitable celebs

More like, Chance the Charitable.<p>On Tuesday, DoSomething.org, a non-profit organization aimed at encouraging younger generations to make change …

Entertainment

Tennessee Nails Student Growth

In a new map of the U.S. that details student academic growth, Tennessee is a bright green beacon in a sea of purple.<p>"If you are looking for …

Here they come! | Gary

<b>By Kalyn Belsha, Special to the Crusader from the Chicago Reporter</b><p>When Chicago Public Schools announced plans to close their neighborhood elementary …

Indiana

Chance The Rapper Hosts Children's Night At Chicago's Field Museum To Benefit The Homeless

Chance The Rapper's charitable giving game is undefeated.<p>Whether it is pledging $1M to help Chicago Public Schools, bringing kids joy with new …

Race & Ethnicity

Yes, there are high-poverty public schools that operate at a high level. Here’s how they succeed.

The drive in modern school reform to severely disrupt traditional public education is underpinned by the notion that educators in traditional public schools in high-poverty areas don’t know what they are doing. No doubt, some of them don’t, but many do, and in this post, author Karin Chenoweth …

Betsy DeVos

EDITORIAL: Going down 'fake news' low road, Gov, is bad for democracy

WBEZ does honest journalism, which is no small matter in a democracy.<p>To impugn the quality of that journalism to score a cheap political point is a …

Bruce Rauner